I would have liked to start a post without mentioning the weather, however the weather and gardening are intimately connected and mention it I must. Last Thursday we had a weather event that needs to be acknowledged. It rained. All day. Sometimes it was light rain and mostly it was good steady rain, but it rained all day and well into the night. I don’t remember how long it is since we’ve had a completely wet day, but I think it’s several years.
Ex-tropical cyclone Esther was responsible for this largess. Travelling south thousands of kilometres from the Northern territory, she brought rain to large swathes of the country.
Readers from the Northern Hemisphere who’ve had more rain than they can deal with may be surprised to know that I spent a great deal of the day simply staring out of the window at the falling rain, mesmerised by it, rejoicing in it, celebrating it.
This week my six are simply garden photos taken just as the sun was rising. The rejuvenation continues…..
Two: Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ has had a second flowering.
Three: Peering through the garden and across the lawn. Ever reliable Tulbaghia violacea, Verbena bonariensis, and Betula pendula, the latter a bad choice in this climate, but still hanging in there.
Four: Looking towards Mr MG’s studio. The Thuja in the foreground is the sister of the one I posted about recently, but isn’t as damaged by adverse conditions.
Five: Oleanders are one of the hardiest plants I know for our climate, but this one hasn’t flowered a lot during the summer. The rain has encouraged large, luscious double pink blooms, so lovely in the early morning sun.
Six: A different angle of the Silver Birch garden as the sun gilds the hills near us.
Those are my six for this week. As ever, if you wish to peek over other garden hedges, do pop over to The Propagator‘s blog and join the fun.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, 18-24 degrees C. Perfect weather for gardening.